Come on Aston Villa, Arsenal, and Man Utd

In 13th place this morning, Sunderland cannot finish lower. That’s a relief, but hardly an outstanding end to the season.

We can no longer finish ninth. But we can climb as high as 10th, the target set by our owner Ellis Short when he bought out Drumaville, and that must be our aim tomorrow.

We cannot do it on our own. Results have to go our way. But we must start by helping ourselves before we ask others to help us. We have to win at Wolves. The players end the season with so much more to prove that nothing short of a full-blooded enterprising finish should even be contemplated.

Do that and we simply rely on Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester United beating Fulham, Blackburn and Stoke. Three top six clubs, for heaven’s sake, and all at home. Easy really.

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